ARCOMadrid Under Fire for Possible Prejudice


ARCOMadrid, an Spanish art fair opening this week, has come under fire recently for refusing to give more information regarding their selection process. With questions of inequality and bigotry in the air, a Spanish judge has ruled that their selection process is both opaque and slandered. ARCO appealed immediately. The suit was filed by one Ramón García Alcaraz, after his gallery My Name’s Lolita Art was rejected from the fair after nearly 17 years of participation.

At its heart, the problem lies with a lack of information being given to potential exhibitors upon rejection. The judge, who passed a similar judgement against two previous iterations of the fair, felt that due to a lack of explanation toward some of the rejected exhibitors, there was no way to determine bias or prejudice.

In a liberal world that is making a serious effort (mostly) to fight against prejudice and bigotry, the art world has not remained separate. But what does this mean for gallerists and practitioners? Perhaps it means that even an industry as progressive as the arts are susceptible to the private, closely held misconceptions that all humans have.


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